China’s Crazy Plan to Launch an Artificial Moon

Guess what? China has announced plans to launch an “artificial moon” into our skies by 2020. And, as crazy as that sounds, it’s not actually the first time something like this has been attempted. But first. China’s new plan. As reported in China Daily, China plans to launch an “illumination satellite” into orbit above the […]

Earth’s Magnetic North Pole Is Shifting South… So What Now?

You may have heard that the earth’s magnetic poles tend to move around. I mean, so do the geographic poles, but magnetic North and South are really mobile…and magnetic North in particular is moving real fast. Like, way faster than we thought it would. And the scientific community is coming up with some really exciting […]

Will We Ever Cure Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed in women in the United States, right behind skin cancer. While it largely affects women, it can also occur in men. Fortunately, thanks to awareness, early detection, and research, survival rates have increased but there’s still a lot we’re learning. So how far have we come […]

We FINALLY Know What a Black Hole Looks Like

Here it is. The moment you’ve all been waiting for. “We’re delighted to be able to report to you today that we have seen what we thought was unseeable. We have seen and taken a picture of a black hole.” The first ever photo of a black hole, more specifically the supermassive black hole 55 […]

This Indestructible NASA Camera Revealed Hidden Patterns on Jupiter

Here’s this planet with all these incredible storms going on. It’s that awe when you’re confronted with something that’s completely natural, no human had any hand in it. I think it gives you a sense of the power of nature. One of the most resourceful digital cameras to ever travel beyond Earth is capturing hidden […]

A New Theory Reveals Why Tabby’s Star Looks So Bizarre

There’s an unsolved mystery out there in space. One of many, to be sure, but this is one that some people really want to blame on aliens because we haven’t had a stronger explanation. I’m talking about Boyajian’s star, or KIC 8462852 and some new observations that may have just given us the information we […]

Could Ultracapacitors Realize Their Full Potential…With Laxatives?

Supercapacitors present an amazing opportunity to move away from batteries and into a world where almost instant charging is the norm. But their drawbacks mean we can’t use them widely…yet. Experiments with a new class of materials that are related to soap and laxatives (yes, laxatives) could bring us one step closer to a world […]

NASA’s Challenge to 3D Print Future Habitats on Mars

Right now, you’re looking at renderings of human settlements on Mars. These designs were part of NASA’s 3D Printed Habitat Challenge, a 4-year long competition aimed at engineering homes for another planet. The brightest architects and engineers from across the globe put their skills to the test, culminating this year in a nail-biting finale. Two […]

Scientists Just Fit Our Universe in a Box…Wait What

This is the universe in a box. Dark matter, supermassive black holes, galaxies, stars, magnetic fields—our universe, trapped in a cube. Well some of it, anyway. What this really is is our most advanced simulation of the universe and its evolution ever. This very impressive feat is the result of a project called Illustris—The Next […]

This Fluoride Battery Could Mean Phone Batteries That Last a Week

Lithium ion batteries changed our world by delivering us hours of energy in a small lightweight package. But ya know what, my phone battery only lasts a day and THAT’S NOT ENOUGH! I NEED MORE!!! Luckily, scientists are already on it, and have been working for decades on a new battery design that could could […]